A friend of mine did a smart thing today. He quit freelancing above his full-time job. He just quit. I think he may have learned a lesson from me. Seeing me burying myself with work possibly made him realize that making this extra money above and beyond really doesn’t do a lot for you if you have no time left to enjoy it.
I think it was a really smart thing. I am thinking about going the same way. He still will be focusing on his own projects…when he has the time. Thats the key, do things at your pace. Your clients don’t know what you have on your plate and they never will. It’s not your job to educate them that you are busy. It’s your job to either push them on to other capable people and turn down the work or to intelligently take it on yourself and give them realistic deadlines.
I have not done that. I just take it on and take it on until red lights appear everywhere that I need to stop. I think my Dad does the same thing and I have seen it my whole childhood. So, I need to be smart about freelancing. I need to fight this thing in me that says, go ahead, take another project, volunteer for this, do this work for free, help out with this.
When I was a kid, I enjoyed life and each day with wide-open eyes. I loved what I did for fun and I had passion. Well, I haven’t changed much. I still love what I do and I approach the world with passion and a commitment to excellence. However, one thorn in my side keeps me from retaining that child-like view of the world. Work. I work too much and this has got to change.